Over the next two weeks, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provides grades and insight on how they performed in the 2015 season. Today, we examine the offensive line. Follow along with all of our positional breakdowns here.
To conclude our review of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line, we discuss the two players from the unit headed for some form of free agency: Don Barclay and Lane Taylor.
Years in NFL: Four
Status: Unrestricted free agent
Expiring contract: One-year, $1.542 deal
The coaching staff has expressed their appreciation for Barclay on a number of occasions, but even his staunchest defenders have to acknowledge that the fourth-year linemen looked lost nearly every time he saw action. Though never equipped to protect the blindside in the NFL, Barclay appeared especially out of place there during his first season back from an ACL tear.
No Green Bay offensive lineman drew the ire of fans and the media more often than Barclay. He gave up pressure at a completely unsustainable rate, and provided little in the run game, an area that once served as his strength. With unrestricted free agency approaching, it seems more likely than not Barclay has already played his final snap for the Packers.
Years in NFL: Three
Status: Restricted free agent
Expiring contract: Three-year, $1.492 deal
After two seasons of fairly limited duty, Taylor received two starts late in the season in place of T.J. Lang (injury) and Josh Sitton (shifted out to left tackle). Taylor didn't dominate the competition, but he didn't look out of place either.
With Taylor's price tag unlikely to skyrocket due to his market restrictions, the Packers could bring him back on a tender or at a fairly reasonable multiyear contract.